Connor O'Keefe (he/him/his) is a documentary filmmaker born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
His work as a documentarian began at DePaul University, where he received his BFA in Digital Cinema. During his time there, he worked with numerous nonprofit organizations such as Vidya in Mumbia, DePaul USA in St. Louis, and Kindling Group and Kartemquin in Chicago. Collaborating with these organizations fostered his passion for utilizing filmmaking and nonficiton storytelling to create positive change and cultivate platforms for under-represented voices.
His latest film, Our Transition, is a personal documentary that tells the story of his transition to male as a youth through the eyes of his parents. It's festival run included a screening at Cleveland International Film Festival, winning Best Documentary at REELING Film Fest, and playing internationally at FRKA Film Festival in Croatia. In the summer of 2019, Connor gave a TEDx Talk about the film in Wrigleyville, where he spoke on the power of personal narrative and telling one's own story.
Additionally, he spent a year in production television at Big Shoulders Digital Video. As COVID-19 hit the teleivison industry, he worked with a small team of engineers to create a 4K Remote Production Studio. This kit was shipped to locations all over the US and run through a control center in Chicago, creating a safe workflow for live video production. It was also used by doctors at Northwestern Hospital to allow them to provide direction to their staff while under quarantine.
Connor's filmmaking aims to uplift people living outside of binaries. He utilizes documentary to bring power and agency to the people in front of the camera.